Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.

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James Leydon, Communications Director City of Springfield

A man who joined the U.S. Army straight out of college, served in the Gulf War, and who has volunteered for numerous community organizations and activities is being honored as the 2015 Springfield Veteran of the Year.  During a City Hall ceremony, the Springfield Veterans Activity Committee announced the selection of Col. John Driscoll for the 29th annual honor.  Driscoll is personnel director for the Massachusetts Army National Guard.  He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.


An organization that works to preserve the stock of affordable housing in poor neighborhoods is expanding into a western Massachusetts city with one of the highest poverty rates in the state.

Revitalize CDC, which has helped hundreds of families keep their homes in Springfield with volunteer-driven mass rebuilding projects through the years, is expanding into Holyoke with an initiative to repair and rehabilitate houses of military veterans.


A group that works to preserve housing stock in poor neighborhoods is expanding into a western Massachusetts city with a Veterans Day project.

           The first project Revitalize CDC is undertaking as it expands into Holyoke is to restore the family home of Air Force veteran Scott Leary. He, his wife Jessica and their three children live in a house built by Leary’s great grandfather in 1901. 

The Learys are struggling financially, and Scott said the home needs a new roof, windows, an upgraded heating system and other improvements.


Two days after a resounding election defeat, the ex-mayor of Chicopee, Massachusetts was in court Thursday to be arraigned on six criminal charges stemming from a run-in with a police officer at a polling place.

Innocent pleas were entered by Michael Bissonnette. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Dec. 4.         

Bissonnette and Chicopee Police Lt. John Provonost allegedly got into a heated shouting match on Sept. 8th when the former mayor walked into a polling place for the preliminary election and the cop told him to remove a campaign button. 


The University of Massachusetts is considering significant midyear budget cuts.

The supplemental state budget signed earlier this week by Governor Charlie Baker did not include almost $ 11 million UMass needs to pay faculty and staff, who got raises in new contracts.

University spokesman Robert Connolly said spending will have to be cut on all the campuses with the flagship Amherst campus facing a $ 5 million hit.

" The fact that money did not come our way was a surprise and a disappointment, but the reality is we don't have it," said Connolly.


Political consultants, pundits, and politicians paid attention to the off-year municipal elections in western Massachusetts Tuesday for clues to what voters are looking for heading into 2016 with the presidency and many federal and state offices at stake.

There were few surprises, or even close calls, for most of the mayors running for re-election Tuesday, but that does not mean they had an easy time of it, according to Springfield-based political consultant Tony Cignoli.


In western Massachusetts Tuesday, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos were re-elected by big margins.  Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse squeaked out a victory in a contest where bad blood remained even after the votes were counted.


In a battle of political heavyweights, Richard Kos scored a knockout to win reelection to a second term as mayor of Chicopee,Massachusetts.

In a rematch from two years ago, this time it wasn’t even close, Kos defeated former mayor Michael Bissonnette by a more than two-one margin. 

Kos said he was deeply humbled. He thanked family, and longtime friends and said he looked forward to going back to work as mayor first thing in the morning.

" I think people always want a candidate that not only respects the office but that they can respect," said Kos.


Alex Morse won reelection to a third term as mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts in a close and bitter contest.

Morse, first elected Holyoke mayor straight out of college at the age of 21, won a third two-year term with 53 percent of the vote defeating businessman Fran O’Connell, who put tens of thousands of dollars of his own money into the race.

" We sent a message loud and clear tonight that the mayor's office is not for sale," Morse said to thunderous applause and cheers at his election night victory party.


Voters in Springfield, Massachusetts returned Domenic Sarno to the mayor’s office for four more years.

Sarno rolled up more than 77 percent of the vote in trouncing political novice Sal Circosta. 

Sarno said the huge margin of victory sent a resounding message that people are confident in his ability to move the city forward. Sarno said he is looking forward to another four years as Springfield’s mayor.

"I love this job. I love this job," said Sarno. " We ran on our record."